Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Leslie Howard, Budapest Symphony Orchestra|
Liszt: Music For Piano And Orchestra 2 / Howard (The Complete Music For Solo Piano)
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
This set includes two novelties. De Profundis is Liszt's longest work for piano and orchestra--36 minutes long. "The work unfolds at an unhurried pace," pianist Leslie Howard writes, a polite way of saying that it meanders... more »
This set includes two novelties. De Profundis is Liszt's longest work for piano and orchestra--36 minutes long. "The work unfolds at an unhurried pace," pianist Leslie Howard writes, a polite way of saying that it meanders interminably. But Sophie Menter's Hungarian Concerto, probably written with Liszt's assistance and orchestrated by Tchaikovsky, is a highly entertaining piano romp. Liszt's arrangements of Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy and Weber's Konzertstück don't add anything worthwhile to the originals, but the Second Piano Concerto, Totentanz, and Hungarian Fantasia are all outstanding pieces. Howard and Karl Anton Rickenbacher's performances are alert and exciting, demonstrating that the one flop in volume 1 was an anomaly, and the tone of the piano comes through with thrilling realism and impact. This could be more Liszt than you need, but the best things in it are really worthwhile. --Leslie Gerber
Liszt's Concertante music, Part II
C. McGovern | Beacon Falls, CT USA | 12/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If the first volume was great, THIS volume tops that with even more rarities, including the original "Totentanz" with an alternate opening and finale (and even an alternate variation insert included as a seperate track), the long-lost "De Profundis" Fantasy (Of which its manuscript Howard himself had to complete the last few measures), the concertante version of Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasie" that Liszt re-arranged with a symphonic part, Weber's "Konzertstuck in F", where Liszt took the liberty of rewriting the piano part (but leaving the orchestral arrangement intact), and several other treats including all-new recordings of Concerto #2 and Hungarian Fantasy.
But there's a third disc that features the biggest curiosity of all: a concerto believed to be written by Sophie Menter with the guiding assistance of Liszt, then orchestrated by none other than Tchaikovsky! Howard explains some of the details in the liner notes.
Again, yet another MUST HAVE if you're a lover of this music!"
A musical miracle
Dr. Helmut Moritz | Graz, Austria | 08/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 2-CD set is full of known and less known, but always outstanding and very musically performed works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt. The great surprise for me was the de-Profundis Concerto which is usually listed as an "unfinished" work. Lesley Howard finished it in such a masterful and congenial way that I was not able to distinguish the additions from the original. The de-profundis theme is, of course, known from the piano piece "Pensees des morts", but this seems to be the only published appearance of this beautiful theme which shows Liszt's incredible harmonic powers. For someone who likes this theme it is a revelation to meet it in its first elaboration in this concerto by young Liszt, already displaying all his splendid harmonic colors.
A second surprise is on the second CD. The well-known "Totentanz" has a de-Profundis version, with another appearance of this haunting theme!
These two concertos would alone make buying this set a must for all admirers of Liszt.
Lesley Howard deserves our gratitude also for his painstaking
scholarship in recording all the published and unpublished works of Franz Liszt.